• Jul 23, 2019, 15:47 PM

Union Pacific’s “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive No. 4014 to Travel through Gurnee on Friday, July 26th, 2019

GURNEE, IL – On Friday, July 26, 2019 the Union Pacific “Big Boy” No. 4014 will be traveling along the Union Pacific tracks through Gurnee at approximately 10:30 a.m. The train will not be stopping for public access during this trip, but will be viewable as it travels through the community.

The Union Pacific Big Boy is on a “Great Race Across the Midwest”, spanning from Omaha, NE to Cheyenne, WY. On Friday, July 26th, the train will depart from Butler, WI at 8:00 a.m. on a trip to West Chicago, IL, where it will remain for the weekend at the Union Pacific Larry S. Provo Training Center.

“Big Boy” No. 4014 is one of the largest steam locomotives ever made at over 1.2 million pounds and is one of only 25 of its kind. No. 4014 was built in the 1940s to haul heavy tonnage and travel steep terrain until it was retired in 1959.

Estimates from the Union Pacific are that the train will roll through Gurnee between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. as it travels south. The Union Pacific tracks run parallel to US Route 41 for the majority of the Gurnee stretch.

The Gurnee Police Department will be conducting a temporary closure between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. of Grandville Avenue between US-41 and Northwestern Avenue to facilitate a viewing of the train. Street parking will be available in the neighborhoods surrounding Waveland Avenue, Magnolia Avenue and Grandville Avenue. We ask that visitors respect the neighborhood speed limits and that they do not block driveways.

An attached map is available to view suggested parking and viewing locations.

For a complete list of locations and a tracking map of the “Great Race Across the Midwest”, visit https://www.up.com/heritage/steam

UP Big Boy Viewing Location Map

Gurnee Residents

Find out customized information for Gurnee current and prospective residents in our "Residents" sections. Information in these sections includes services such as Snow Plowing, Water/Sewer, Permitting and Public Safety.

Learn More

Water / Sewer Account Services

Need to pay a water bill or change your account information? 

Learn More


Gurnee Businesses

Gurnee has over 1,000 registered businesses and corporations, making it a leading retail, recreation, and hospitality center in the northern Chicagoland. This section is dedicated to current and prospective Gurnee businesses looking for information on permitting, economic development, and other relevant information.

Learn More

Gurnee Visitors

Gurnee hosts millions of visitors to our community, with attractions from theme parks to shopping centers. This section features information on upcoming activities and helpful links to make your visit special.

Learn More


Looking for information about the Village of Gurnee's plans, finances, and other documents? The Village has put together a Transparency Portal in an effort to promote open, accessible, and transparent government.

Learn More

Social Media